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Racing tips: De Medici can see off Novices

Lingfield stages racing on Wednesday
Lingfield stages racing on Wednesday

De Medici made a big impression on his racecourse debut at Lingfield last month and should be backed to follow up on his return to the track in the 32Red Casino Novice Stakes.

He faces a tougher task on his second start, conceding weight to all but one of his rivals, but he appears an exciting prospect and the step up to a mile-and-a-quarter should not be an inconvenience.

With the Cheltenham Festival only a week away, Prestbury Park gets the nod in the 32Red Sprint Handicap.

He has not been seen in competitive action since finishing fourth at Chelmsford in November, but Mark Johnston has his string in good order and it is not inconceivable Prestbury Park could be better than ever.

A strong evening fixture at at Kempton features the £25,000 32Red Handicap and the £50,000 ‘Road To The Kentucky Derby’ Conditions Stakes.

The 10-furlong handicap opens the eight-race card and Star Archer is fancied to complete a hat-trick for Hugo Palmer.

The four-year-old has dominated his rivals twice at Wolverhampton since the turn of the year and a 6lb hike does not look insurmountable, with Ryan Moore a significant booking.

It could be a profitable evening for Moore as his mount in the night’s most valuable race, Three Weeks, has strong claims.

Alzammaar can rediscover the winning trail in the Injured Jockey’s Fund Novices’ Chase at Catterick.

Spiritofchartwell has won twice and finished second three times in seven visits to Fontwell, making him obvious interest in the bet365.com Handicap Chase.

Selections:

Catterick: 1.50 Strait Run, 2.20 Alzammaar, 2.50 Birch Vale, 3.20 Middlebrow, 3.50 In The Hold, 4.20 Just Cause, 4.50 Indian Opera.

Fontwell: 2.10 Boreham Bill, 2.40 Spiritofchartwell, 3.10 Euxton Lane, 3.40 Who’s My Jockey, 4.10 Sandy Beach, 4.40 Soldier Of Love.

Kempton: 5.40 Star Archer, 6.10 Tarseekh, 6.40 Lawn Ranger, 7.10 Three Weeks, 7.40 Titan Goddess, 8.10 Coverham, 8.40 Tommys Geal, 9.10 Koubba.

Lingfield: 2.00 Presence Process, 2.30 Classic Pursuit, 3.00 Sea Ess Seas, 3.30 DE MEDICI (NAP), 4.00 Prestbury Park, 4.30 Exceeding Power, 5.00 Cliffs Of Dover.